Trade Policy & Agreements

The MV Ever Given container ship sails in the Suez Canal

How the Red Sea Became a Trap

From piracy to the Ever Given, colonialism left hard scars.

A container ship sails on the Mediterranean Sea during a thunderstorm about 20 nautical miles from Malta on Sept. 24, 2017.

Free Trade Is Dead. Risky ‘Managed Trade’ Is Here.

The old trade order has gone out the window at breathtaking speed. What comes next is very slippery.

Biden tours Pfizer manufacturing plant

Bidenomics Is ‘America First’ With a Brain

Trump’s economic revolution is alive and well—and continuing in abler hands.

People watch as the container ship the Ever Given is refloated, unblocking the Suez Canal in Suez, Egypt, on March 29.

The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.

Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits Iowa state leaders and residents.

State Legislation Might Backfire on U.S.-China Relations

Beijing doesn’t understand local governments are independent of Washington.

A woman walks past electoral posters ahead of this weekend’s elections in Santiago, on May 12.

Chile’s New Founding Mothers

Chile prepares to elect constitutional authors with 50 percent being women, a global milestone.

EU Council staff members remove the United Kingdom’s flag from the European Council building in Brussels on Jan. 31, 2020.

Trade Deals Primarily Promote Stability, Not Trade

And the new agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union does the opposite.

The U.S. flag flies over a container ship.

To Save American Prosperity, Renew Fast Track

Sure, everybody’s a protectionist now. But there’s a way to both protect U.S. workers and support free trade.

Colombian Marine Infantry soldiers patrol the streets of Buenaventura, Colombia, on Feb. 10.

In Colombia, Free Trade Has Come With More Violence

Nearly a decade after signing a deal with the United States, the future in cities like Buenaventura looks worse and worse.

Soybeans are harvested

Big Agriculture Is Best

The United States’ industrialized food system moved millions of people out of poverty and is better for the environment, too.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez (C), flanked by his Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas (L), and Finance Minister Benigno Lopez, delivers a speech during the first Mercosur Summit held via video conference due to the COVID-19 at the Central Bank headquarters in Asuncion, on July 2, 2020.

Latin America’s COVID-19 Fiasco Is Also a Crisis of Regional Integration

A spat at Mercosur’s 30th birthday marked a low point for regional cooperation.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join Prime Minister Boris Johnson and various heads of state and dignitaries at the U.K.-Africa Investment Summit at London’s Buckingham Palace on Jan. 20, 2020.

Britain Shouldn’t Put Its Money on a Post-Brexit Rapprochement With Africa

Boris Johnson is looking to old U.K. colonies for trade deals, but his government can’t compete with China and won’t get far until it abandons its neocolonial attitudes.

A man walks past a billboard for the construction of an oil refinery and storage facility in the port city of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on March 24, 2019.

Chinese Belt and Road Investment Isn’t All Bad—or Good

As Sri Lanka shows, when it comes to Chinese debt, small states have agency and great powers have responsibilities.

Policemen inspect the facilities at a coal mine in Changji in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Feb. 21.

Meet Today’s Masters of the Universe

“The World for Sale” peels back the cover on the secretive—and sometimes shady—people who make the modern world go around.

Abdolnaser Hemmati (C), Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, listens to a speech in parliament in Tehran on Oct. 7, 2018.

U.S.-Iran Talks Will Falter Unless Abdolnaser Hemmati Is at the Table

Unwinding sanctions will be central to reviving the nuclear deal. If the Biden administration wants a lasting solution, it must involve Iran’s central bank governor.

A Long March 5 rocket carrying an orbiter, lander, and rover destined for Mars lifts off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan province, China, on July 23, 2020.

America Needs a Supercharged Space Program

It could build entire industries, create new jobs, green the economy—and unite the country behind a common purpose.

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